(Reuters) - The Detroit Red Wings tied the NHL record for consecutive home victories Sunday after a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers earned them a 20th win in a row at Joe Louis Arena.
The victory matched the mark set by the 1929-1930 Boston Bruins and the 1975-76 Flyers, and Detroit (38-17-2), who lead the Western Conference by four points over Vancouver, will attempt to set a new record when they host Dallas Tuesday.
"It's a great feeling here tonight, and it's great to do it," Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom told reporters.
"We needed to step up. We did a better job of moving the puck but shooting at the right times too."
The 41-year-old defenseman reached a milestone of his own by playing in his 1,550th career game for Detroit, the most by any NHL player with one team.
Detroit opened the scoring through Niklas Kronwall at 7:08 before Philadelphia's (31-18-7) Brayden Schenn tied the score with just over three minutes remaining in the first period.
The teams traded goals in the second period, with Schenn and Max Talbot scoring for the Flyers and Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg finding the net for Detroit.
Johan Franzen then scored the game-winning goal less than a minute into the third period to give the Wings the win.
"(Zetterberg) found (Lidstrom) on a backdoor and he tapped it right over to me for the open net. It was an easy one," Franzen said.
"The fans have been great. To play in front of them, it's like playing in the playoffs."
Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard was out with a broken finger so Joey MacDonald stepped up with 26 saves to help claim the win.
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford/Patrick Johnston)